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Free childcare places for two, three and four year olds

Early learning for two year olds

Find out if your two year old is eligible to receive 15 hours of free childcare/early learning per week, 38 weeks per year.

Nursery places for three and four year olds

All three and four year old children are entitled to receive 15 hours of free early education per week, 38 weeks per year.   

30 hours free childcare - Three and four year old extended entitlement

Three and four year old children whose parent/parents are working may be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week of flexible free childcare entitling them to 30 hours a week for at least 38 weeks per year. 

Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is a Government scheme to help with the cost of childcare. Parents can open an online childcare account which you can pay into to cover the cost of childcare with a registered provider and the government will add to the account.  For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2 to use to pay your provider. You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you're eligible for both. You can use it to pay for Ofsted Registered childcare.

Early Years Pupil Premium

Children aged three and four years old who receive Nursery Education in Sandwell and who meet certain eligibility criteria, will be entitled to the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).

The Early Years Pupil Premium is extra funding paid to nurseries, schools, childminders and other registered childcare providers to support children's development, learning and care.

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

Additional funding is available for providers to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Children aged 3 and 4 years old, who are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and claiming an Early Education Funded place could be eligible to apply for the Disability Access Fund (DAF).